January 17, 2011

Our picks for the best — and worst — takeout options.

You’re walking after a tough day studying or work , and just the idea of preparing something to eat because mums away or you live alone seems overwhelming. Whether it’s a monthly or three-times-a-week affair, ordering fast food or takeout helps make our hectic lives infinitely easier. Its bad enough when you are young but as you get older this can lead to trouble.
Experts say that most fast food is loaded with sugar and heart-harming saturated fat and causes obesity … basic fact its is bad for you!!!!. Fortunately, there are some exceptions to this rule: fast foods that deliver good nutrition along with convenience. So heres the best and worst thing out there and some may suprise you!!!


1. Chinese veggies. “Certain Chinese dishes — such as stir-fried vegetables, Szechuan shrimp, and shrimp with garlic sauce, are low in fat and calories, with the added plus of offering up lots of vegetables,” says Jayne Hurley, a contributor to the Nutrition Action Healthletter and a senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit education and advocacy organization. While most of us have gotten the message that we need to eat less fat, we still need to increase our intake of fruits and vegetables as this balances our diet.

2. Souvlaki. When the CSPI analyzed Greek food in November 2000, it found chicken, lamb and pork souvlaki, as well as meat kabobs, to be the dishes lowest in fat and calories of any cuisine. Greek food also incorporates lots of veggies. As long as its grilled (and fat is drained) and not fried.

3. Lean-meat-and-veggie sandwiches from Subway. True to its ads, Subway really does have “7 under 6,” — seven sandwiches with 6 grams of fat or less. But it’s not just the low fat content that’s praiseworthy; these subs’ calorie counts are diet-friendly, too. All but two of the “7 under 6” six-inch subs weigh in at 290 calories or less (that’s without any added cheese or condiments). Top picks include the Veggie Delite (230 calories, 3 grams of fat) and Turkey Breast (280 calories, 4.5 grams of fat). And while most store-bought tuna sandwiches can rack up about 800 calories (wow), Subway’s Tuna Deli sandwich has low-fat mayo, which gives it a more reasonable caloric content of 330 (though with 16 grams of fat, it can’t be considered low-fat).

4. McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich…plus salad and dessert. Believe it or not, it is possible to get a healthful meal at a restaurant like McDonald’s. “At any fast-food restaurant, head for the grilled chicken sandwich, no mayo, no cheese, and a green salad with low-fat dressing on the side,” says . “Replace the soda with fresh juice, or water, and you’ve got a nutritious meal.”

5. Looking for something sweet? a high rating to McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (without the granola). “It’s the most innovative thing to happen in fast food,” she says. “The fruit is fresh, and the low-fat yogurt is creamy and delicious. At 280 calories and only 4 grams of fat, it’s a great breakfast, snack or dessert.”


1. Pizza. This Italian staple’s ingredients may include three out of the four best food groups — vegetables, grains and dairy — but the cheese itself counts for half a day’s helping of saturated fat before you even think about adding meat. “When you do indulge, go for pizza with no cheese, or just request less and add more vegetables,”. There’s also a misconception that thin-crust pizza is less fattening than Sicilian or other thick-crust pizza. While the calorie content per slice may be lower for thin-crust (200 for thin vs. 290 for Sicilian at Pizza Hut), we tend to eat more of thin-crust.

2. French fries.We all know fries are bad for us, most of us don’t have a clue as to just how unhealthful they really are. “Most people think, They’re potatoes, how bad could they be? But the fat content is so high, they don’t count nutritionally as either a vegetable or a carbohydrate,”. At McDonald’s, for instance, a small order of fries contains 210 calories and 10 grams of fat, a medium serving has 450 calories and 22 grams of fat, and a large has 540 calories and 29 grams of fat. When you realize that ‘supersized fries have 30 more calories than a Big Mac, you have to think of it as that you’re actually eating a Big Mac with your Big Mac,. “Fries are not a side dish — they’re a main dish so watch out!!!!

3. Salad with lots of toppings and/or dressing. It’s a fallacy that you can’t go wrong with a salad. Of course, greens are great — it’s what goes on top of them that’s the problem. A single serving of Greek salad contains more than half a day’s helping of saturated fat, just from the feta cheese! Another deliciously deceiving favorite is Caesar salad: Boston Market’s Caesar, for example, has a whopping 670 calories …(WHAT!!!! )with the dressing, but just 230 without. Weiss recommends removing half the cheese and meat toppings from your salad selection and ordering low-fat dressing on the side; regular dressings have 10 times the fat content of low-fat varieties.

4. Specialty coffee drinks. Think you’re saving calories by passing on the Danish? Not if you’re ordering a Venti White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks. This popular java drink has a whopping 600 calories!!!!!! (Oh this is getting ridiculous ) Opt for a cappuccino or a café latte with skim milk instead, the less caloris the better.

So there you have it, by knowing you calories means that some foods you can still eat but by eliminating toppins or dressings. Try to be aware of this as much s you can and you will have a much healthier diet and lower risk to future health problems.


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